Chocolatier and yogi in our weekly classes, Marianne Manes writes about her journey:
I started learning yoga fifteen years ago and have experienced a variety of teachers. Michelle clearly stands out with her beautiful and bright energy. I love how her practice and teaching encompasses body, mind and spirit. She not only preaches yoga but lives and exudes it.
Yoga strengthens and opens up my body and it's meditation at the same time. Yoga practices are like islands in my week. They are a time and opportunity to breathe and come to myself, calm down and let go of layers of myself that I don't need. It's a time and way to connect to spirit. And of course yoga makes me strong and flexible and helps me get rid of the kinks in my body that I incur from working in my Coco Suisse chocolate atelier. I don't know that I have a favorite pose. Depending on my body and mind's state, one pose or another will just feel particularly great on that day.
In yoga and in my chocolate creations I look to reduce to the essence, nothing more, nothing less. I aim to let go of anything non-essential or unnecessary. Simplicity, purity and clarity of lines, ingredients, flavors and expression are of essence. To me, chocolate, life and yoga parallel each other.
Marianne Manes is co-creator of Los Angeles, CA-based company, Coco Suisse. Connect with her and try some of her decadent chocolates (my favorites are her vegan dark chocolate bar, salted dark chocolate slims and fruit-kissed chocolate "lovies"), all tastefully made with love:
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Michelle truly lives out what she teaches. She is so much more than a yoga teacher - I learned this when I went on her exquisitely curated trip that she organized to Costa Rica this past June 2018...Hopefully like me, you'll be delighted by her effervescent love of movement, nature, and all people!
Michelle clearly stands out with her beautiful and bright energy. I love how her practice and teaching encompass body, mind and spirit. She not only teaches yoga but lives and exudes it.
Michelle not only teaches 'yoga', she embodies it fully with her heart and soul...
Michelle is by far one of the best instructors I've ever had, period. Patient, clear in her explanations and demos, and so encouraging...
My first yoga class was with Michelle years ago. You can have the best (yoga pose) sequence and not teach from your heart. With Michelle, I also feel her passion when I'm in her class. I can see she loves what she does, and she inspired me to want to teach yoga, too.
I’ve had dozens of instructors over the years, but Michelle is far and away the best yoga mentor I’ve ever practiced with. She epitomizes grace during these difficult times. Michelle has saved my sanity and my back while working from home, keeping me grounded with her sharing of yogic teachings and meditation techniques. Her repertoire of physical asanas is encyclopedic, and I’ve loved learning new poses and stretching my boundaries. Jump in, all. You’ve got this!
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